We Stand With Families: Sweet Sue
In 2017, Love Without Boundaries took our cleft team to Cambodia to provide surgeries to children with unrepaired cleft lips and palates. Many of the children who were treated had waited years to have repairs, suffering the pain of prejudice and maltreatment in addition to the nutritional, medical, and speech issues that are often associated with being born cleft-affected. Through our work with impoverished families, we have learned that helping children can often result in healing families as well.
One of the babies who arrived at the hospital with her father and older brother was three-month-old baby Sue. The family had traveled all the way from their village near the Cambodian coast to Phnom Penh, seeking care for Sue who was born with cleft lip. This family knew how important it was to have an early cleft lip repair surgery, as 10-year-old brother Ben was also born cleft-affected.
Sweet Sue went through cleft lip surgery with flying colors, and her repair looked wonderful.
Naturally, she was tired and a bit uncomfortable afterward, but she was cleared to leave the hospital just a few days later. Ben also received a lip revision as part of the exchange, and he too was cleared by the doctors and able to return home within a couple of days after surgery.
Today, Sue is an absolutely adorable toddler. She is still sporting a beautiful head of hair – and a lovely lip repair as well!
It was a privilege to stand with Sue and her family, and we are grateful to be part of her healing story.
Our goal is to fund two Unity Initiative surgeries by Wednesday at midnight so that we can say YES to families like Sue’s waiting for help. Will you stand with us and help to keep families united?
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